Exploring the Lost Streams of NYC: Greenwich Village’s Minetta Brook

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Did you know that one of Manhattan’s largest streams once flowed through present-day Greenwich Village?

Join New York Adventure Club for an above-ground exploration of the underground worlds of lost urban waterways and sewers with urban explorer & historian Steve Duncan.

Following the two-mile route of the old Minetta Brook, our unique experience in the neighborhood of Greenwich Village will include:

  • A discussion around the history of urban streams like Minetta Brook; from how they impacted the city’s development, to how they were transformed into underground tunnels and sewers.
  • Learning how to interpret manhole covers that lead underground.
  • A look at manhole covers, street names, and other surface-level clues that describe what’s underground.
  • A chance to peer down tiny ventilation holes of older manhole covers by flashlight to get a glimpse of this underground network.

See you there!

*This experience takes place entirely above ground.

About Steve Duncan

Steve Duncan is an urban historian and an explorer and photographer of the urban underground. He has photographed sewers and underground rivers in cities from Antwerp to Yangon (but he’s still working on exploring in a city that begins with “z”), with a particular focus on the underground hydrological and wastewater infrastructure of New York City, Los Angeles, Paris, and London.

He has hosted a Discovery Channel show on urban archeology and has appeared on the History Channel and others as an expert on New York’s underground spaces.

He received his MA in urban history and is currently working on his Ph.D. in urban geography and infrastructure.


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Date: Sun, April 23
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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